The Royal Mint continues to make great use of its licence to manufacture money by manufacturing more money, this time getting 50p enthusiasts excited about a coin featuring Aardman's finest blu-tack creations Wallace and Gromit.
The catch is that this is a collector-gouging special for the Christmas gifting market only, as the Wallace and Gromit 50p is not going to enter general circulation. Hence the only way to get one is to buy the coin direct, in a bit of cardboard, from the Royal Mint for £10. Delivery is £3 more my exclusive investigation has just uncovered too, which is a bit of a rip off because it's flat and envelope-shaped and should go for a cheap rate.
If you are very mad for the 50p-collecting trend there are more expensive options to be had too, with a £65 silver proof and a limited run of just 630 £980 gold proofs being made up too -- and the Mint is already sold out of the latter, because 50ps are serious investment business now too, to be held and sold on at a later date, like everything else. [Royal Mint]